Zalika Reid-Benta

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ZALIKA REID-BENTA is a Toronto-based writer. Her debut short story collection FRYING PLANTAIN won the 23rd annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award and won the 2020 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in literary fiction. It is currently longlisted for the 2020 Toronto Book Awards. FRYING PLANTAIN was shortlisted for the 2020 Trillium Book Award, longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize and is currently nominated for the 2020 Forest of Reading Evergreen Award presented by the Ontario Library Association. Zalika is also the winner of the 2019 Byblacks People’s Choice Awards for Best Author.

FRYING PLANTAIN has been on numerous “must read” lists from Bustle, Refinery29, Chatelaine Magazine, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and more. It was also listed as
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“I feel the mechanics of his touch, of his hands on my skin, on my waist, on my breasts, all the things that are supposed to make me ache. Wet splotches smack against my neck, and I'm reminded of my first kiss with the first boy I ever made out with. Terrance Peters. I didn't feel much of anything then, either. I wonder if I can, if I ever will.”
Zalika Reid-Benta, Frying Plantain

“All you do is talk, you know? Just chat, chat, chat, chat, chat, pick pick, pick, pick, pick. I can't wait to die to get away from your wretched mouth.”
Zalika Reid-Benta, Frying Plantain

“peace could only exist in this family when we lied about everything, at least to each other.”
Zalika Reid-Benta, Frying Plantain

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